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Publication date: 4 April 2019

Jennifer Van Aswegen, David Hyatt and Dan Goodley

The purpose of this paper is to present a composite framework for critical policy analysis drawing from discourse analysis and post-structuralist analysis. Drawing on an…

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The purpose of this paper is to present a composite framework for critical policy analysis drawing from discourse analysis and post-structuralist analysis. Drawing on an interpretive paradigm (Yanow, 2014), this paper provides a thick description (Geertz, 1973) of the processes involved in the application of these tools in a critical policy analysis project, focusing on disability policy within the Irish context. Methodologically, this is a resourceful cross-fertilization of analytical tools to interrogate policy, highlighting its potential within critical disability policy analysis and beyond.

Design/methodology/approach

Merging a critical discourse analysis framework and a policy problematization approach, the combination of tools presented here, along with their associated processes, is referred to as the critical discourse problematization framework.

Findings

Potentially, the framework can also be employed across a number of cognate social policy fields including education, welfare and social justice.

Practical implications

The value of this paper lies in its potential to be used within analytical practice in the field of critical (disability) policy work by offering an evaluation of the analytical tools and theoretical framework deployed and modeled across an entire research process.

Social implications

The framework has the potential and has been used successfully as a tool for disability activism to influence policy development.

Originality/value

The analytical framework presented here is a methodically innovative approach to the study of policy analysis, marrying two distinct analytical tools to form a composite framework for the study of policy text.

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Living Life to the Fullest: Disability, Youth and Voice
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-445-3

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Living Life to the Fullest: Disability, Youth and Voice
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-445-3

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Publication date: 4 November 2020

Dan Goodley

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Disability and Other Human Questions
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-707-5

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Publication date: 4 November 2020

Dan Goodley

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Disability and Other Human Questions
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-707-5

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Disability and Other Human Questions
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-707-5

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Living Life to the Fullest: Disability, Youth and Voice
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-445-3

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Disability and Other Human Questions
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83982-707-5

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Publication date: 26 January 2023

Kim Fernandes and Tanushree Sarkar

In this chapter, we examine how the media in India constructed the lives, needs, and desires of disabled children in India during the tumultuous pandemic.

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Purpose

In this chapter, we examine how the media in India constructed the lives, needs, and desires of disabled children in India during the tumultuous pandemic.

Methods/Approach

Through critical discourse analysis, we address how children's bodies and needs have been explicitly discursively constructed as “excessive,” while implicitly drawing upon neoliberal, ableist logics of loss and productivity.

Findings

We foreground how the framing of COVID-19 as a disaster in the Indian context obscures state neglect, suggesting that inequality has been the result of the pandemic rather than the limits of state care under neoliberal ableism. Despite the recognition of gaps in the care received by disabled children, neoliberal, entrepreneurial solutions have emerged as a new, widely touted form of care during the pandemic.

Implication/Value

Through our analysis, we highlight how disabled children have been neglected by the state and constructed as burdensome and vulnerable. We argue that this occurs when disabled children's bodyminds do not conform to an ideal of the self-reliant, independent citizen under the logics of neoliberal ableism. Our work demonstrates how children with disabilities are discursively rendered absent from conceptualizations of normate citizenship, unless seen as contributing to current or future aspirations for state productivity and growth.

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Disability in the Time of Pandemic
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80262-140-2

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Living Life to the Fullest: Disability, Youth and Voice
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-445-3

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